Magazine article Church & State

Group That Hoped to 'Sting' Planned Parenthood Is Indicted in Texas

Magazine article Church & State

Group That Hoped to 'Sting' Planned Parenthood Is Indicted in Texas

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A push by Texas legislators to indict officials at Planned Parenthood didn't turn out the way they expected when a grand jury investigating the matter instead focused on some Planned Parenthood critics.

Last year, Texas officials sought to punish Planned Parenthood in response to "sting" videos produced by David Daleiden and his far-right antiabortion group called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

Daleiden and CMP released deceptively edited films purportedly showing two Planned Parenthood officials discussing the organization's practice of selling fetal tissue to biomedical research firms, an action that if it were true would be illegal.

Religious Right groups used the videos to claim that Planned Parenthood was violating federal law. In response, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Religious Right ally, began a probe into Planned Parenthood in August. Patrick called the videos "gruesome and barbaric."

A state attorney charged with the investigation promised at the time to be thorough.

"I want to assure everyone in Houston that I will use every resource allocated to this office to conduct a thorough investigation," Harris County Attorney General Devon Anderson, an appointee of former Texas Gov. …

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